THE Shepparton Small Business Festival aims to improve overall productivity and growth of small businesses in our region. Run throughout the month of August, the festival offers a wide variety of inspirational and motivational workshops critical to building relationships and boosting business opportunities.
Greater Shepparton Business Centre acting business development officer, Jo Rathjen said, “Festival events provide plenty of opportunities for networking and with 87 percent of business today being generated by networking, I would strongly encourage people to join in. Workshops offered throughout the festival are free or low cost and provide the chance of not only developing business connections and opportunities for collaboration, but receiving sound advice and guidance makes it particularly worthwhile.”
According to the 2015 Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are 6,181 businesses in Shepparton with 6,024 of those being small businesses, which are categorised as employing less than 20 people. Jo said, “Growth in small business across Victoria is increasing and the festival offers a range of events providing inspiration, ideas and information for anyone currently operating a small business or interested in starting a small business.”
One of the festival events ‘Effective Business Networking’ takes place tonight, Wednesday, August 10 from 6-8pm with a cost of $20 at Welsford Street Café, Shepparton.
For a brochure on what’s on offer during the festival, drop in to the Greater Shepparton Business Centre, 70 New Dookie Road, Shepparton, call 5832 1100, or visit www.sheppartonbusiness.com.au